Thermal Imaging Inspections in New Jersey
Having an energy-efficient home is important. It's not only environmentally
responsible, but it lowers energy costs as well. Often, older homes will
have undetectable drafts or air leaks that contribute to higher energy
costs. It can be a good idea to have your attic and crawl spaces inspected
for these leaks with a thermal imaging inspection.
What's a Thermal Imaging Inspection?
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive inspection technique that uses infrared
lasers to record and film the temperature of your house, identifying energy-wasting
leaks. In addition to identifying heat loss and air infiltration, an inspection
can reveal missing or damaged insulation, show damaged heating systems,
and pinpoint broken window seals. It can even help
identify pest infestations! To prep for an inspection, homeowners should move furniture away from
walls and windows. Inspections are typically done when there is a great
difference between inside and outside temperatures.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
A thermal imaging inspection may help identify your home's biggest
areas of energy waste. Depending on the findings of the inspection, there
are a number of techniques to address the problem areas and make the building
as eco-friendly as possible.
1. Install a Radiant Barrier.
Too much summer sun can cause your attic to heat up and damage the air
ducts, leading to unstable temperature conditions throughout the house
and high cooling costs. A radiant barrier in the roof reflects heat back
out of the attic, resulting in more comfortable house temperatures and
lower energy costs.
2. Use Roof Baffles.
Roof baffles, also known as rafter vents, are vents that preserve airflow
in attic insulation. Natural ventilation and many modern ventilation systems
depend upon the airflow enabled by baffles.
3. Try an Attic Fan.
You don't spend much time in your attic, but installing a fan in the
rafters not only lowers the temperature of the attic, but also reduces
the temperature of your living areas. A fan can even extend the life of
your roof by taking care of moisture that accumulates above the shower
and cooking areas.
4. Keep Your Air Ducts Happy.
Damaged or non-working air ducts can severely impact your home's energy
efficiency by making the temperature uneven. A blocked or damaged duct
can even carry bacteria into the air. Make sure you regularly inspect and
clean your air ducts, check for damaged or inefficient insulation, and replace damaged ducts
as soon as possible.
5. Know Your Insulation.
Insulation works by resisting conductive heat flow; the more resistant
(and more effective) it is, the higher its R-value. Verify the R-value
of your insulation by consulting an insulation specialist, and check that
using the right kind (and amount) of insulation in your home.
Thermal imaging inspections can identify areas of low energy efficiency
in your home, making it easier for you to determine what steps to take
to improve your energy use. Learn more about our thermal imaging services,
or contact us to
set up an inspection.